In the order in which I remembered them:
1. Be You.
2. Don't do business with douchebags.
3. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
4. Do what you love and love what you do.
5. Pay forward, pay back, and get paid, all in one transaction (this was the first "golden triangle of business" that came together for us. There are more, and we'll get to them eventually.).
6. Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity (this has come to be known as the Best Possible approach).
7. Bring 100% of what you can bring to the table (this was shortened to simply "42" for ease of texting.).
8. Money is an easy way to forget about value.
Ok, so that's not quite 10, and a couple of them sound a little redundant. Eric and I have been in Fundamentals Negotiation over the last couple of months, to determine exactly WHAT the Fundamentals should be (for us, they need to tie into the mission statement of Catlander (the Company)) and to distill the precise meaning we're after.
For you, well.. We're sharing them with you because they resonate with us in far greater ways than just the framework for good, healthy, sustainable business relations. We think they're fundamental to good, healthy, and sustainable interpersonal relations, too.
What do you think?